August Preparation Course for 1st Year Students

Monday 16 – Friday 20 August 2021

At The Institute of Education, we understand the challenges that students have faced over the last 18 months. We have changed our August courses to allow students to choose the learning environment that suits them best; onsite, in person classes OR online, interactive classes.

Our 1st Year August 2021 Preparation Course is a comprehensive 5-day course aimed specifically at students entering the 1st Year of Secondary School.  During the course our expert teachers will lay the foundations for the year ahead by revisiting relevant previously learned material and introducing some of the key topics students are likely to encounter during the year ahead.

The course provides students with onsite OR online classes – All classes are recorded.  These class recordings can be accessed by students right up to the end of the state exams in 2022.  We know from the class of 2021 that class recordings are an invaluable study aid and critical revision tool as students prepare for their assessments and exams over the coming academic year.

All our classes are supported by The Institute of Education’s legendary class notes, which will be printed and delivered free of charge in advance of the course.

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Students attending our 1st Year August Preparation Course receive the following benefits:

  • All classes delivered by our expert teachers, recorded and available to review, rewind and re-watch up to the end of the state exams 2022
  • The opportunity to interact with teachers and ask questions in every class.
  • Comprehensive, exam-focused course notes, which will be printed and delivered free of charge nationwide. Notes are being distributed by An Post. (Please note delivery times can vary depending on the destination. Generally standard post items are delivered within 2-3 working days.)


To learn more about what will be covered in each subject, please select from the list below:




Language Skills in English;

  • Functional writing; how to address the task, how to be concise and gain maximum marks
  • Parts of speech
  • Some basic grammar
  • Comprehension, understanding and delivering


  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Exploring plot, character, a key scene
  • The genre of drama

Reading fiction;

  • Reading for enjoyment
  • A closer look at the studied novel
  • The essential knowledge necessary


  • How to examine a poem
  • Recognising poetic devices and exploring their impact
  • Introducing the Shakespearean sonnet



Throughout this course, students will develop key language skills that will give them the confidence they need to begin tackling the Junior Cycle syllabus. Focus will be placed on the most important aspects of Irish grammar and everyday language, including verbs, nouns, sentence structure, and question and answer phrases.

Students will put key areas of vocabulary into use through writing and speaking, and develop strategies to be successful in all aspects of the course, including the written exam and classroom-based assessments.


  • Junior Cycle course structure and study methods.
  • The past and present tenses.
  • Irregular verbs and indirect speech.
  • Numbers.
  • Vocabulary for important topics and common verbs.
  • Question and answer phrases.
  • Composition.



A Junior Cycle Maths course like no other. Get ahead of the curve with your Maths skills before the new school year, experience exam style question prep and most importantly, have fun while doing so.


  • Order of Operations (BOMDAS), Natural Numbers and the number line.
  • Integers.
  • Real Numbers.
  • Basic Algebra.
  • Simple linear equations.



The aim of this Summer Course is to educate students around the key areas of the syllabus and to provide the skills required to address the various different types of assessments.


  • Day 1 – Energy
  • Day 2 – Cells and Matter
  • Day 3 – Measurement & Density
  • Day 4 – Earth, Moon and Sun & Big Bang Theory
  • Day 5 – The Circulatory System

We are currently enrolling for our course which begins on Monday 16th August 2020.

Each subject chosen will run over 5 consecutive days and each class is 60 mins in duration.

Bookings will remain open until the beginning of the course week.

Leeson Street

Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202110:15Science (Common)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202111:30Maths (Common)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202113:15Irish (Common)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202114:30English (Common)


Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202110:15English (Common)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202111:30Irish (Common)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202113:15Science (Common)
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug 202114:30Maths (Common)

1 subject€180
2 subjects€265
3 subjects€345
4 subjects€390

Please note:

  • Credit Card payments accepted
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, enrolled on the same courses. Please contact our office at 01 661 3511 to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable

Please click on each question below for an answer: 


Q: If I enrol in a class in Leeson Street, can I also avail of classes online?

A: Yes, you can enrol in other classes both online and at Leeson Street.


Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: No, a hard copy will be provided to each student from the teacher for the subjects they enrol in.


Q: How long is each class?

A: Each class lasts 60 minutes.


Q: How much is the fee per class?

A: This depends on the number of subjects taken. Please refer to the fees table to see a list of fees.


Q: Is attendance at weekly grinds and part-time courses monitored?

A: Yes, students are required to sign a roll sheet at each class they attend. The Institute however accepts no responsibility for students who fail to attend class.


Q: Can part-time students take up an extra subject or a subject that is not available to them in their own school?

A: Yes, with consideration being given to the suitability of the subject.


Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?

A: Our classes are interactive and our teachers use a variety of methods to ensure that students can ask questions and contribute to the class.


Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend further classes. Can I have a refund?

A: Should a student decide to discontinue their course at any stage, a refund will be processed for all remaining classes paid for in advance.


Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.